Citation: Hi3G Access releases a video and still image sharing system for e-commerce (2011, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-hi3g-access-video-image-e-commerce.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further University of Washington testing sign language video phones More information: www.b-reel.com/projects/3live-shop/ and www.tre.se/Privat/Ovriga-sidor/3LiveShop/ (in Swedish) (PhysOrg.com) — Hi3G Access, a Swedish-based phone company, has developed a video chat system that allows users to shuffle images on the screen with their hands. The system, which you can see in the video below, is known as 3LiveShop. 3LiveShop is a Flash-based multitouch system that is, at the current moment, being used as a sales tool for Hi3G Access. In order to create this tool Hi3G Access collaborated with a Stockholm-based production company known as B-Reel. The setup is very similar to a Skype chat, in which you are able to see a smaller image of yourself in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.The system is unique, because it allows for the video chat to be shown at a lower resolution, while still images can be shown at a higher resolution. This is achieved by the use of two different streams, one for the video and one for the still images.The system is even tied into an e-commerce system. After having a chat with the sales person online, the customer can see a bill and add then add their new mobile phone, the products that Hi3G Access sells, and pay for it right then and there. The entire system is coded in Adobe Flash, which may be a choice that was made with larger scale distribution in mind, as Flash is a fairly common program.The multitouch screens, which were also developed in conjunction with a company called Teenage Engineering, use a system of mirrors and high-end cameras to create the video feed for chat. There are currently only three of these workstations functioning in the world, but if the program is successful the company hopes to expand the program.This begs only one question. If most of us shop online in order to avoid sales clerks, why would you want to video chat with one? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A comparison of how people who received invitations to join Facebook from four groups of friends responded. Connections between the groups are shown in the squares at the bottom of each column. The less connected those four groups were,the more likely they were to join. These are averages over millions of invitations. Credit: Provided/Kleinberg et al More information: Structural diversity in social contagion, PNAS, Published online before print April 2, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116502109AbstractThe concept of contagion has steadily expanded from its original grounding in epidemic disease to describe a vast array of processes that spread across networks, notably social phenomena such as fads, political opinions, the adoption of new technologies, and financial decisions. Traditional models of social contagion have been based on physical analogies with biological contagion, in which the probability that an individual is affected by the contagion grows monotonically with the size of his or her “contact neighborhood”—the number of affected individuals with whom he or she is in contact. Whereas this contact neighborhood hypothesis has formed the underpinning of essentially all current models, it has been challenging to evaluate it due to the difficulty in obtaining detailed data on individual network neighborhoods during the course of a large-scale contagion process. Here we study this question by analyzing the growth of Facebook, a rare example of a social process with genuinely global adoption. We find that the probability of contagion is tightly controlled by the number of connected components in an individual’s contact neighborhood, rather than by the actual size of the neighborhood. Surprisingly, once this “structural diversity” is controlled for, the size of the contact neighborhood is in fact generally a negative predictor of contagion. More broadly, our analysis shows how data at the size and resolution of the Facebook network make possible the identification of subtle structural signals that go undetected at smaller scales yet hold pivotal predictive roles for the outcomes of social processes.Press release (PhysOrg.com) — Historically, diseases tend to spread most quickly when introduced into a crowded environment. The more neighbors there are, the more easily viruses can hop from person to person. More recently, the same sort of language has been used to describe how social ideas and adoption spreads. Facebook for example, has been described as spreading like a disease. Now however, researchers from Cornell University have shown that users adopting Facebook, tend to do so more predictably when receiving invitations from multiple sources, rather than a lot of requests from members of the same group, which implies that Facebook and its growth, does not actually compare with biological contagion at all. They have published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2012 PhysOrg.com Citation: Researchers use Facebook to dispel notion that social contagion is like biological contagion (2012, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-facebook-dispel-notion-social-contagion.html The research team started out as just Johan Kleinberg and Jon Ugander, researchers at Cornell, but soon grew to four as Lars Backstrom and Cameron Marlow, sociologists working for Facebook signed on. Together the team was able to study actual Facebook data. Specifically, they looked at what happens when a user first joins Facebook; their email contact list is examined and Facebook then offers to send an invitation to everyone on that list who is not already a Facebook member. Facebook also offers to send an invitation to “friend” other Facebook users who have the new user already listed in their contact list. In watching and analyzing the circumstances under which users respond to such requests the researchers found patterns emerging. The most striking of which was the fact that users are more likely to accept such requests if they come from people who reside in social different groups, than if they all came from the same one. An example would be, if a person receives invitations to join Facebook from people they work with, some friends, as well as some from people in their Book of the Month club, they are more likely to join than if they simply receive a bunch of invitations from their regular group of friends. They also found that upon accepting the invites, those that do so as a result of getting invites from a more diverse group tend to spend more time on Facebook, indicating perhaps, that a more diverse group of “friends” is ultimately more interesting.Besides providing practical information for marketers, the results of the teams research help dispel the notion that social acceptance of new ideas or people spreads in much the same way as diseases do through human populations. The team says that a users, rather than responding to requests to join Facebook from a bunch of friends from their normal social clique, tend to be more likely to accept requests to join if they come from a more divergent group, or in other words, people from different groups, even if they don’t know a lot of the people in those other groups. Explore further A Facebook “Neighborhood.” This member has two large, closely interconnected clumps of friends, and a few smaller clumps. Each clump probably represents a different social context — people from work, people from a hobby, and so on. Cornell research shows that many requests from one context are less effective in influencing decisions than requests coming from many directions. Credit: Provided/Kleinberg et al Facebook launches mobile messaging app
More information: Project page idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/SARndbox/ What’s even cooler is the fact that the software used to create the simulations is all available under a GNU public license agreement, which means most any school, museum or other teaching program could build a similar system at very little cost. With such a system, students can gain a deeper understanding of how land and water systems interact and see for themselves how changes to topography over time cause changes in the environment in a much more hands-on fashion than when building static models out of sand, dirt or clay. Pico projector used in eye based video gaming system Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Most children at some point in their schooling are taught about the water table and many wind up being tasked with creating a model of some sort to represent how it all works. Some use clay, but many more likely use sand, as it’s far easier and faster than most anything else. Now researchers at UC Davis have taken that model to new extremes by building a sandbox system that is capable of automatically adding augmented reality real-time coloring to the sand to indicate altitude and moving water as changes are made to the terrain with a hand or small tool. Citation: University research team creates augmented reality sandbox (w/ Video) (2012, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-university-team-augmented-reality-sandbox.html The project is part of the University’s Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (funded by a National Science Foundation grant) and was started as a means of building an educational system for children to help kids better visualize how land and water systems work. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. To make the sandbox, the team combined a Kinect 3D camera, a digital projector and simulation software running on a computer and of course, an ordinary sandbox raised up on four legs for optimal viewing.The system works by first collecting images of the sandbox from above using the Kinect camera, at thirty frames per second, as a demonstrator (or student) changes the landscape below in the sandbox. Information from the camera is fed to a computer running the simulation software (Vrui VR development toolkit). The software generates different colors to represent different elevation levels in a virtual topological map. It also uses a set of Saint-Venant shallow water equations to create realistic looking water movement. Both are then projected down onto the sandbox in real time, giving the appearance of reacting to changes made by a person creating hills, valleys, rivers, streams and lakes in the sand. The result is nearly instant color coding of elevation topography and the instigation of virtual water into the modeled waterways.
More information: VRŠANSKÝ, P. & BECHLY, G. (2015): New predatory cockroaches (Insecta: Blattaria: Manipulatoridae fam.n.) from the Upper Cretaceous Myanmar amber. – Geologica Carphatica, 66(2): xx-yy (early view: DOI: 10.1515/geoca-2015-0015 ). PDF: http://www.bernstein.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/odonata/Vrsansky+Bechly_2015.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mico Tatalovic in New Scientist said that “This exotic, praying-mantis-like cockroach that lived at the same time as dinosaurs was caught in amber about 100 million years ago. It is part of a new family of extinct predatory cockroaches that hunted at night.”Dragos Mitrica in ZME Science said the insect was found at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar. “The specimen was one of many found in the area, and is related to today’s praying mantises. Out of all the predatory cockroach lineages that evolved in the Cretaceous, only praying mantises survive today.”Big predatory dictyopterans are represented mostly by praying mantises (Mantodea), which can be derived from extinct cockroaches. The authors described “the holotype specimen of a new species belonging to a morphologically-deviant new family.”They said this species was probably a pursuit predator, “filling a niche previously not exploited by extinct cockroaches.”The specimen was collected in a quarry in the Hukawng valley. The cockroach was found trapped in amber.The specimen was studied with a Leica M80 stereo microscope. They observed a male cockroach with detached right mid and hind femora. Its elongated head and large eyes were protruding beyond the head outline. All the leg segments were described as “extremely elongated and covered with dense setation (short trichoid hairs – sensilla chaetica).”As for the body, they wrote that “the preserved body length is about 4.5 mm, width is difficult to measure, but the body is very wide as in standard cockroaches (over 2 mm), a little narrower basally, pale, with black lateral maculas.”In their discussion section, the authors said that they endorsed “a reclassification of Dictyoptera, in which the order Mantodea is phylogenetically subordinate within the Corydioidea (=Polyphagoidea) – a superfamily that includes diverse extant but also extinct cockroaches sometimes placed within Dictyoptera but outside the standard order of cockroaches.”They said that the absence of spines on the walking legs suggested that this species was an active runner and pursuit predator, which evolutionarily lost the passive protection of spines.The authors felt that “the erection of a new family” was well justified as a result of “the unique habitus with numerous autapomorphies along with several plesiomorphies.”Vrsansky is from the Geological Institute, Slovak Republic; Bechly is from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany.Vrsansky said in New Scientist that the specimen was one of dozens of preserved insects found in the area, making it the most important site of dinosaur-age amber in the world. Tatalovic wrote, “Many large pieces of amber contained complete adult insects, which should help reconstruct the history of the animals and their ecosystem.” © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar (2015, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-dinosaur-times-cockroach-caught-amber-myanmar.html Explore further Manipulator modificaputis gen. et sp. n. (Manipulatoridae fam.n.) holotype SMNS Bu-116 (deposited in the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History) from the Cretaceous Myanmar amber. A – left view, B – dorsal view, C – detail on the forewing articulation, D – forewing surface hexagonal structure. Scales 0.5 mm. Credit: Geologica Carphatica, doi:10.1515/geoca-2015-0015 The invasive Turkestan cockroach is displacing the oriental cockroach in the southwestern US Geologica Carpathica has a paper on a new family of predatory cockroaches. Predatory? The authors, Peter Vrsansky and Günter Bechly, from the Slovak Republic and Germany, respectively, said that “unique adaptations such as strongly elongated extremities and freely movable head on a long neck suggest that these animals were pursuit predators.”
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Once a year, honeybees, led by a queen, leave their nests in droves to find a new home. But because it takes some time to find a site and build a new nest, there is a period when they have no place to live. To protect themselves during this time, they congregate into masses that hang from tree branches—these clusters are made entirely of bees, each clinging to one another. In its most natural state, such clusters tend to form in the shape of a cone. But prior research has shown that the cone shape becomes flattened during inclement weather, such as when the wind blows. In this new effort, the researchers wondered how the honeybees knew what to do when adverse conditions arose. To find out, they gathered bees from the wild and put them in a container in their lab where they were allowed to form a cluster, dangling from a movable apparatus.Once a cluster formed, the researchers moved the apparatus to pull the cluster back and forth, simulating the impact of wind pushing the branch upon which they hung. As the researchers watched, the cluster slowly flattened, hugging the apparatus. A flatter shape, the researchers noted, would reduce pressure from the wind, just as it would for a person lying on the ground versus standing up. By studying slow-motion video of the bees and tracking the movement of those on the surface of the cluster, the researchers developed a theory—they believed that the bees, upon feeling pulled from the bees they were holding on to, moved themselves to a place of higher stress.To test this theory, the group created a computer simulation of the honeybees and their cluster and then gave those on the outer surface the ability to feel stress and to react to it by moving to a position of higher stress. They found the virtual bees changed the shape of their cluster in the same way as did those in the real one, offering strong evidence that their theory was correct. Inside the brains of killer bees Explore further A team of researchers at Harvard University has discovered the means by which honeybees keep their temporary clumps intact during adverse weather conditions. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their study of honeybee behavior in their lab and what the found. Journal information: Nature Physics More information: O. Peleg et al. Collective mechanical adaptation of honeybee swarms, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0262-1 © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: How honeybees maintain protective clumps under stressful conditions (2018, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-honeybees-clumps-stressful-conditions.html
Pink might not be the new black, but it surely is the colour of the season. October is internationally the breast cancer awareness month and Delhi is living it up to inform about this one disease that can be fully cured if detected early.Leading the pack was Hard Rock Cafe. Last year they had organised a session with well-known gynecologists from the city who spoke up to dispell the great cancer myth. While breast cancer has no specific risk, some facets can be kept in mind. Chances are high if she might be susceptible to the risk if she has a family history. The main precaution is not to ignore abnormalities if they arise and are detected, say doctors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year Delhiites walked in pink on a cold Saturday in October early morning to support breast cancer charity event. Organised by HRC this event- Pinktober, is one of their in month long series of events for their breast cancer awareness program. Geared up in white tees and banners in their hands all the participants gathered early morning at Gurgaon and walked till Hard Rock Cafe, Saket also there were a number of school students present to show their support.This is HRD’s 14th year of celebrating Pinktober. A tribute night was also arranged as a part of the series where participants had a lot of fun, choices to savour on from the especially created pink menu followed by live performances. People celebrated the courage of breast cancer survivors and their efforts to spread awareness. All the proceedings from these events will be donated to the charity Elle-Ogaan Cancer Foundation.
Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will observe the first-ever World Bicycle Day on Sunday in New Town. The United Nations has declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day this year and it will be celebrated globally. Bicycles are not only an eco-friendly mode of transport but also keeps the cyclists physically fit and mentally alert. It helps to reduce obesity and improves the cardiovascular system.In New Town, the celebration is more significant as it is the only place in India where the Cycle Sharing Scheme has been introduced and it has become extremely popular. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHousing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) under the ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had awarded the scheme introduced by New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) in the Urban Transport category at a function in New Delhi in April.On Sunday, the World Bicycle Day will be celebrated with HIDCO keeping cycles in front of the golf course off Eco Park to be used by the enthusiasts. The ride is free and cycle lovers can take a ride to popularise cycling. Eco Park has a special zone where people come and do cycling and duo cycling as well and it is extremely popular among visitors. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the evening, Zoomcar, the company that has introduced the Cycle Sharing Scheme will host a programme at the NKDA football ground where people will be given free rides. They will be given modern cycles fitted with GPS which are used in the Cycle Sharing Scheme. There will be a treasure hunt show for the participants and the winner will be awarded.New Town has graded cycle paths and the Cycle Sharing Scheme is becoming popular. It may be recalled that to popularise cycling, Jagadish Chandra Bose used to come to Presidency College riding a cycle just to show that Indians are equally capable of riding bicycles like the British. At times, he was also accompanied by his wife Abala who was also an expert cyclist.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against a retired officer of the Home ministry, for trying to manipulate the Central Forces in Malda South.State Trinamool Congress president Subrata Bakshi alleged that R K Mitra, a retired joint secretary of the Home minister, is trying to influence the Central forces in Malda South, from where his wife Srirupa Mitra Chowdhury is contesting in the Lok Sabha poll. Bakshi further alleged that during route march, Central force personnel were seen asking voters to cast their votes in favour of BJP, following instructions of Mitra. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHumayun Kabir, expelled Trinamool Congress MLA, will contest from the Murshidabad seat. Kabir, who was a close aide of Adhir Chowdhury, had joined Trinamool from Congress. Later, he was expelled from the party. The BJP has fielded four candidates who have been either expelled or suspended from Trinamool and all are contesting the election. The expelled leaders are Saumitra Khan (Bishnupur), Anupam Hazra (Jadavpur) and Humayun Kabir (Murshidabad), while Arjun Singh, who is contesting from the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, has been suspended from the party. Former journalist Rantidev Sengupta will contest from Howrah, while Joy Banerjee will contest from Uluberia. Subhas Sarkar, former vice-president of state BJP, will contest from Bankura.
The 1960s and 1970s television sitcom The Brady Bunch told the story of one of America’s most wholesome families. First aired in 1969, the show centered on the marriage of Carol and Mike Brady and the adventures of their six children. During the 60s the United States underwent a period of significant political and social upheaval, and The Brady Bunch presented an image of the “ideal” all-American family.Cast photo from the television program The Brady Bunch. Back from left: Christopher Knight (Peter), Barry Williams (Greg), Ann B. Davis (Alice). Second row from left: Eve Plumb (Jan), Florence Henderson (Carol), Robert Reed (Mike), Maureen McCormick (Marcia). Front: Susan Olsen (Cindy), Mike Lookinland (Bobby).However, according to the show’s youngest star, Susan Olsen, the clean-cut image of The Brady Bunch fell apart after the cameras stopped rolling.Speaking to news.com.au, Olsen made a number of shocking revelations that may come as a surprise to those for whom The Brady Bunch was a childhood staple. Here’s our list of the most scandalous backstage stories from The Brady Bunch. Cindy Used To Grow PotOlsen as Cindy Brady, the youngest of The Brady Bunch.She might have been the Brady family’s youngest, most innocent member, but Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady, went on to be a special kind of farmer.Olsen admitted to growing the magic green plants with her former husband, stating that she always enjoyed the gardening work of raising them.However she said that she rarely smoked, adding that it made her feel paranoid and that she had never felt totally comfortable engaging in that sort of activity, yet there was never a total ban in her life. Nevertheless, it’s still hard to imagine sweet little Cindy Brady growing up to that.Marcia Used To ShopliftMcCormick’s most famous role was as eldest daughter Marcia Brady on the classic 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch.Olsen also opened up about Maureen McCormick, otherwise known as Marcia Brady. Apparently, McCormick had a taste for stealing, and would regularly visit the shops with a school friend named Susan Cowsill.The two girls regularly stole from local stores, until one day when they were caught in the act. According to Olsen, McCormick fled the scene, leaving Cowsill to take the rap. The Actors Weren’t Well PaidPhoto of Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Christopher Knight (Peter) from the television program The Brady Bunch. Bobby is trying out a dunk tank Peter has built for the school carnival.Looking back, it seems hard to imagine a time without The Brady Bunch, one of America’s all-time favorite shows. However, when it was first released, it was panned by the critics and did not enjoy a huge success during the show’s initial run.It was only later, after it went into syndication in 1975, that The Brady Bunch became an American classic. As a result, during the filming of the first five seasons, the actors were paid very low wages. There were no luxuries on set and the Brady children certainly didn’t live the life of spoilt movies stars. As Olsen notes, they even had to pay to leave their cars in the parking lot while they were filming.All The Kids Hooked UpDavy Jones with Maureen McCormick in the 1971 The Brady Bunch episode “Getting Davy Jones”.It might be difficult to imagine, but Olsen also admitted that all of the Brady children were hooking up at one point or another. As young teenagers and adolescents, working together on a daily basis, it was inevitable that they would eventually develop crushes on one another.She even let slip that she and Mike Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady, started having make-out sessions in the doghouse at the age of just nine.Greg Had A Crush On His TV MumWilliams’ most famous role was as oldest son Greg Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch.In perhaps the most disturbing revelation (for viewers), Olsen also revealed that Barry Williams, who played eldest Brady son Greg, had a real-life crush on Florence Henderson, who played his on-screen mum, Carol.Ever the consummate professional, Henderson kept a clear distance between herself and the young actor. However, Williams confessed in his 1992 autobiography that he had developed an infatuation with his TV mum, and wanted to spend as much time with her as possible.Jan And Marcia Hated Each Other In Real LifeEve Plumb as Jan Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady BunchOne of the core dynamics in The Brady Bunch was the sisterly rivalry that existed between Jan and Marcia. However, it seems that this rivalry continued off screen, after the cameras stopped rolling.Olsen confirmed that Eve Plumb (who played Jan) and Maureen McCormick (who played Marcia) do not speak to one another, as a result of an unexplained rift dating from their time on the show.Olsen said that she thought the argument was “petty”, but confessed that, if pushed, she would support with Plumb, having heard both sides of the story. Mirroring the sibling dynamics of the show, it seems that Olsen has been trying to mediate this conflict for a long, long time.Read another story from us: Brady Bunch house is now for sale for $1.8 MillionOlsen’s confessions are a useful reminder that despite the wholesome, glossy appearance of this all-American family on the screen, the reality behind the cameras often tells a very different story.
Hipster man buns are a scourge on our society, and Charles Barkley is on a one man mission to end the pretentious haircut.Last night, Barkley paid an Inside the NBA crew member a $1,000 to cut off his man bun, live on the air. Like most dudes with the annoying do, the kid was cash strapped and opted to amputate his bun for the grand.Thank you Charles Barkley, only 8,000,000 more to go.Snip, snip! ✂️Chuck gets rid of the man bun! ? pic.twitter.com/cgyNd2RbI7— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 11, 2017 Advertisement
5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Paul KorzeniowskiWhen employees carry sensitive financial information on their mobile devices, small and midsize businesses will need to adopt new security policies, procedures, and products to keep pace.Cell phones have increasingly become more powerful. Now, many function as mini-PCs, enabling employees to check important information, reach cohorts at crucial moments, and enter vital information instantly. While these functions have been beneficial, the devices themselves have not been easy to manage, and they are about to present small and midsize businesses with new challenges.Cell phones have become quite popular among businesspersons and consumers. As a result, suppliers have been searching for new ways to boost their usage. Recently, the GSMA, the global trade group for the mobile industry, outlined plans so these devices can be used as electronic credit or debit cards.The new feature becomes possible after a couple of enhancements are made to the products. The first is the integration of Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, which are basically short-distance wireless communications. Equipment vendors and wireless network service providers see a number of advantages in using NFC rather than other options, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, for short-distance wireless exchanges. NFC, which supports transmission speeds up to 212 Kbps, is inexpensive, costing 10 to 20 times less, and requires one half to one third as much power as alternatives.In addition, the GSMA crafted the Single Wire Protocol interface, which enables handsets to exchange information with devices, such as Point of Sale terminals. With these new features, businesses and individuals can use their cell phone like credit cards or debit cards, purchasing a range of goods and services. The vendor consortium called for these two new features to be integrated into all handsets, starting in the middle of 2009.Trials with these new features are now under way in eight countries, including the United States, and involve nine mobile operators. Most of these projects are in the early deployment stage. However, companies and consumers in Japan have been using the technology for a few years to buy items, and many customers manage their bank accounts via their cell phones. Since such ideas have been slow to catch on in other parts of the world, the GSMA is trying to spur adoption.However, the organization must overcome a number of hurdles. In addition to the handset vendors, support has to come from the credit card and debit card suppliers. MasterCard and Visa have shown interest in the technology, but a great deal of infrastructure has to be added so the major credit card companies can ensure interoperability among NFC cell phones, POS terminals, retailers’ business software, and financial institutions’ systems.Also, the handset vendors have to work with the carriers to determine what types of services will be available and whether or not there will be any additional charges for them. On the Internet, electronic banking and e-commerce do not warrant any additional charges, but it is not clear at this time if that model will hold true with cell phones.Many of those items should be resolved as more of these services become available. Observers think there is no doubt that these services will become popular, with uncertainty centering on when they will work their way into the mainstream. As the market evolves, corporations could outfit their handheld devices so they not only provide employees with access to information but also function as corporate credit cards or debit cards. Also, they may be able to let their suppliers and customers use such features to purchase goods and services.This evolution could create problems for small and midsize businesses. Many companies have been having difficulty keeping tabs on their handheld devices as the variety of devices has increased. With more of them working their way into the company, securing them has become important. How secure will these new features be? Backers note that NFC has a transmission range of only few feet, which makes it difficult — some would say impossible — for intruders to tap into a communications line and steal confidential information.However, the level of security found with these news features is an open question. Chances are that these transmissions will not be encrypted as they move from the handheld device to the register. Also, the likelihood increases that employees will be carrying sensitive financial information on their personal devices, so it will have to be protected. Consequently, small and midsize businesses will need to buy additional security products and put policies and procedures in place so that information will be secure. In sum, the number of payment options will increase, as will the IT department’s responsibilities.See more columns by Paul Korzeniowski.Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek. January 16, 2009 Register Now »
Register Now » 2 min read We live an overwhelming percentage of our lives on the Internet. And that means a lot of our personal information is stored there.Unfortunately, it also means a lot of our personal information can be stolen. This week alone, Apple confirmed that the accounts of several A-list celebrities were breached while Home Depot announced that a cyber attack on its systems may have exposed customer information.Related: Apple Confirms Some Celeb Accounts Were Breached in Nude Photo ScandalThe infographic below, compiled by webmaster tool WhoIsHostingThis.com, looks back at some of the worst data breaches in history, starting with the TJ Maxx hack in 2005 and 2006 where some 94 million credit cards were compromised. In that case, damaging software stripped information off of the magnetic stripe on credit cards and criminals in Eastern Europe forged credit cards with the information retrieved.Related: Why the Naked Celeb Photo iCloud Hack Should Make You NervousWhile retreating to Antarctica and living among penguins may be the only sure way to keep your personal information out of the wrong hands, there are certain things you can do right now to decrease the risk. For example, you can be sure to keep usernames private and you can create clever passwords (please don’t choose “123456” like everybody else).Take a spin through the infographic to learn about some of the other data breaches in history and an explanation of how they happened. Then, go update your passwords.Click to Enlarge+ Related: Home Depot Suffers Possible Data Breach, Tries to Ease Customer Fears September 4, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
This story originally appeared on Reuters Amazon.com Inc has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 U.S. warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas.The orange 320-pound (145 kg) robots, which scoot around the floor on wheels, show how Amazon has adopted technology developed by Kiva Systems, a robotics company it bought for $775 million in 2012. Amazon showcased to media on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.The robots are designed to help the leading U.S. online retailer speed the time it takes to deliver items to customers and better compete with brick-and-mortar stores, where the bulk of Americans still do their shopping.The robots also may help Amazon avoid the mishaps of last year’s holiday season, when a surge of packages overwhelmed shipping and logistics company UPS and delayed the arrival of Christmas presents around the globe. Amazon offered shipping refunds and $20 gift cards to compensate customers.Amazon deployed the robots this summer, ahead of the key holiday quarter, when the company typically books about one-third of its annual revenue. The updated warehouses are in five states — California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.The move comes at a cost. Amazon estimated in June 2013 that it would spend about $46 million to install Kiva robots at its warehouse in Ruskin, Florida, including $26.1 million for the equipment, according to company filings to local government.The Kiva robots have allowed Amazon to hold about 50 percent more items and shorten the time it takes to offer same-day delivery in several areas, said Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer services.At Amazon’s warehouse in Tracy, California, workers stack goods in shelves carried by more than 1,500 Kiva robots, which use markings on the floor to navigate and form a “big block of inventory,” Clark said.Squeezing the racks of items closely together eliminates the need for workers to navigate aisles to collect items ordered by consumers. Now, a worker calls for specific items and the robot steers itself to their particular work station. Each robot can carry as much as 720 pounds.In some cases, the robots have allowed Amazon to get packages out the door in as little as 13 minutes from the pick stations, compared to about an hour and a half on average in older centers.”It’s certainly proving out that it’s justified itself,” Clark said of the Kiva acquisition. “We’re happy with the economics of it.”(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Keith Weir) 3 min read Register Now » December 1, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
August 18, 2015 This story originally appeared on Engadget Adding solar panels to your roof can be frustrating, since it’s often difficult to know if your home receives enough light to justify the investment. Google Maps, however, has satellite, navigation and sunlight data for every property in the world, so it’s ideally placed to tell you how many rays hit your crib on a daily basis. That’s why the firm is launching Sunroof, a database of how much solar energy hits each building in a city, helping people work out if it’s worth the effort. Sunroof is intended as a “treasure map” for future green energy projects, telling you how much of a saving you’d make and how long it’d take to make back your initial outlay.To begin with, Project Sunroof will only be available in three locations: Boston, San Francisco and Fresno. If it turns out to be successful, however, then Google will roll the service out to the rest of the country and, possibly, the world. Once you’ve put in your address, you’ll be told how much you’re likely to save in energy costs, and then be put in touch with a local installer.We tested the service out on Aol’s building in San Francisco, and it told us that we received 1,840 hours of usable sunlight per year. In addition, we learned that we have roughly 15,641 square feet of available space that we could use to install solar panels. It then took us through our options, letting us know that we’d save $14,000 if we leased the hardware, or $24,000 if we bought them outright. So, if you’re in one of these three areas, why not share how much Google thinks you’re likely to save and if that’ll prompt you into signing up. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now 2 min read
4 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 13, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Welcome to TechBargains’ weekly deals where they feature the best deals on electronics, computers, TVs and more. Act fast as stock is limited and these discounts will not last.Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u Kaby Lake 1080p 13.3″ Laptop with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and InfinityEdge Display for $899.99 (List price $1099.99)Use 10% off Code: TENOFF. If you want an ultra light laptop that makes no sacrifices on power and has a clean design then this is the laptop of choice. You could easily spend a few hundred more to get a similarly spec’d Apple, but you would miss out on a laptop that actually did get an Editors’ Choice.49″ Samsung 6-Series 4K Curved LED Smart HDTV for $549.99 (List price $749.99)If you missed out on Black Friday and need of a screen upgrade prior to the Super Bowl then this Samsung Series 6 TV may be for you. It has a sleek curved design and the newest 4K resolution that will keep you up to date on TV technology for a few years.Instant Pot 8-Quart 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker for $129.95 (Orig $159.99)Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of pressure cookers and this 8-quart is one of the larger capacities you can buy. Take it from us, as owners of a 6-quart, when you make soup you will really want the bigger capacity. This is a newer model with a redesigned handle, low and high pressure settings, and the ability to make yogurt. Save money and eat healthier with the Instant Pot.Duduma Polarized Sports Superlight Frame Sunglasses for $8.99 (Was $29.98)Use Code: E7HPAV36. These sports sunglasses are polarized to eliminate glare from the sun or off the water. At $9 these are the perfect sunglasses to keep handy without a care if you lose them. Withings Wi-Fi Weight Scale with Body Composition Analysis for $76.99 (Orig $219.95)The Withings weight scale automatically keeps track of your weight at every weigh-in. Store up to 8-profiles and the scale will recognize who is stepping on each time. The scale will even determine your body composition of fat, muscle, bone and water so that you can ensure you are losing fat.Cyxus Blue Light Filter Vintage Glasses (Comparable to Gunnar Gaming Glasses) for $19.90Spending long hours in front of a computer or smartphone can cause eye fatigue, cause headaches for some and disrupt sleep patterns. These very inexpensive glasses will filter out the problem causing blue light that is emitted from our devices. At $20 they are a low cost to try out and comparable name brand products can easily cost over $60-80.Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar Sound System with Wall Mount Kit for $219.99 (Orig $265)New flat screen TVs boast stunning resolution and image quality but poor sound. There just isn’t enough room on new slim TVs to accommodate decent speakers. One of the biggest game changers is to upgrade to a sound bar. You’ll realize you’ve been listening to weak sound for so long that you forgot what good audio sounds like. YI Wireless Home Surveillance Camera for $29.49 (Orig $44.99)Keep an eye on your home with this inexpensive HD Camera. You could easily spend well over $100 for a name brand Dropcam or Nest. With the same amount you can create a camera network to monitor your home while you are away.For more great deals go to TechBargains.comDisclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Okay, so you’re interested in search engine optimization (SEO), but like most newcomers, you’re intimidated by the perceived complexity of the field. To be sure, there are hundreds of independent variables that collectively bear an impact on your site’s rankings and search engine visibility.Related: 6 Essential SEO Strategies to Incorporate in 2016And, learning how to master all of them is a process that takes years of experience and practice.However, you don’t need a huge budget or years of experience to get started with SEO. Dominating the top rankings for general keywords related to your brand may be out of your reach, but even a slight investment in SEO can help your business earn more traffic and visibility.To get started, you’ll need these seven basic components of a starter SEO campaign:1. A website with a good SEO pluginFirst, you need a decent website, and if this one is your first effort, and/or you want to keep things simple, it’s in your best interest to use a website builder like WordPress. In fact, this and most other website builder tools are inexpensive and easy to use; and, importantly, they come automatically equipped to handle basic SEO fundamentals.For example, they’ll be coded in a way that’s neat, clean and easy to crawl, and they’ll be responsive, so you needn’t worry about a separate strategy for mobile optimization. You may also want to consider a separate SEO plugin, which can help you with technical tasks like optimizing title tags and meta descriptions, and pinpointing the keyword density of your various pages.2. A carefully chosen nicheNext, you’ll want to define your niche and target a list of carefully chosen keywords. If you go too general, you’ll end up competing with businesses that have a much bigger budget and a longer history of development. Instead, it’s better to focus on a highly specific niche that’s relevant only to your customers.At that juncture, you’ll need to conduct some keyword research. You don’t need to get fancy here; just target a mix of basic “head” keywords and extended “long-tail” keywords, and aim for terms with high volume and low competition ratings.3. An on-site overhaul.Next, you’ll need to optimize your site directly. It’s true that your website builder will set you up with some fundamentals, but you’ll still need to add your own content.Organize your pages into categories and subcategories, including page titles that contain some of your target keywords. Make sure every page of your site contains at least several hundred words of helpful, well-written, relevant content; and optimize all your title tags and meta descriptions while you’re at it.Related: 5 SEO Techniques You’re Doing All Wrong4. A regular blogI’d argue that the most important thing for a new SEO strategy to take off is a high-quality, regular content-marketing campaign. Aim to produce at least two new posts every week, covering topics that are relevant to your readers, and providing detailed, helpful information that your competitors haven’t already covered.Originality, practicality and aesthetic value all matter here, so spend some time refining your strategy and stick to your editorial calendar. You’ll also want to include a blend of mediums, including images and videos, if you can.5. An off-site publication schedule.Aside from on-site optimization and content marketing, the most important element of your strategy is your link building campaign — otherwise known as off-site optimization. The quality and quantity of links you have pointing to your domain determines your overall authority, which in turn determines where you rank for various search queries.However, you can’t just spam off-site links — nor would you want to. Instead, focus on writing valuable content for external publishers, establishing your author profile and your expertise simultaneously. Usually, you’ll earn at least one link back to your site, and over time, you’ll develop your authority so you can rank higher.6. Integrated social mediaContrary to popular belief, social media doesn’t have a direct relationship with your search rankings. However, it can have an indirect bearing on the success of your SEO campaign. So, flesh out your profiles and regularly promote your latest content; you’ll earn more shares and links to those blog posts, which can boost your search visibility.Additionally, you’ll earn more followers, which can become an additional stream of traffic to your site (and a good way to get your foot in the door with more publishers since it establishes your credibility).7. A good reporting strategyFinally, you’ll need some way to measure your effectiveness (so you can determine what changes you need to make to your strategy). A good starter tool for this is Google Analytics, which will allow you to measure your “organic traffic” — meaning the amount of traffic you’re generating naturally through search engines. Ideally, this will grow over time.Implementing these seven “starter kit” items won’t let you tap your business’s full online marketing potential, but they can and will get you started on the right path. With a decent infrastructure in place, including a baseline domain authority score, your subsequent investments will become even more valuable.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an SEO ConsultantWhen you’re ready to scale your strategy, consider hiring a professional SEO agency or a highly skilled independent contractor. Or invest in your own training and education to see better results. June 1, 2017 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Register Now » Walk into any fast-paced startup or high-powered tech company in Silicon Valley and you’ll see a lot of things that might not be traditional for a workplace. Unorthodox decorations, strange lighting and open floor plans will be the order of the day. Yet while tech company environments may be one-of-a-kind when it comes to snack bars and ping pong tables, one thing all seem to share are multiple computer displays for their computing needs.Related: Why Two Monitors Are More Productive Than OneUsing more than one monitor, in this way, has a long history. Banks of displays have their role everywhere from business to the realms of science fiction. It’s only relatively recently, however, that home and business computing has reached a point where it’s cheap enough — and computers are powerful enough — to run multiple monitors without extra internal hardware.Take a tour of any high-powered tech company, and other businesses, and you’ll see monitors everywhere. Microsoft workstations have two to three screens on average, and, often, large projectors. Even small, agile startups have docks for netbooks with additional monitors.So, what’s significant about that? you might ask. Well, using more than one display benefits anyone with a lot of work to do (read: entrepreneurs). Sure, this scenario might not be ideal for everyone, but it’s worth trying out for the following reasons:Convenient data accessOne of the best benefits to using more than one monitor at a time is having the screen real estate necessary to show you everything you need to see at once. When you’re writing a blog post, you can have a word processor and two to three browser windows open to access research, tools and references all at once. You don’t have to waste time tabbing and scrolling, trying to remember where a particular detail is. You just have them all on hand!The same goes for other forms of data access. Someone in a programming field can could have code references up in one window, the current project in another, a database query result in another and the tools necessary to compile whatever’s needed squirreled away in a corner. Nothing is buried, nothing is hidden; it’s all right there and easy to access.Part and parcel with data access is a reduction in errors. It’s easy to mix up numbers or introduce typos when translating data from one window to another, but when both are visible on screen at the same time, verification becomes easier.Active monitoringSome of us work in positions where a quick response time is crucial. A customer service or sales rep might want to jump on the chance to follow up on a new contact, so having an email window open at one end of a screen is a great benefit. An IT worker might want server-health monitors or other displays visible, to spot a sporadic problem while at work on another task.What a second monitor — or a third, in some cases — provides is awareness. One screen can be devoted to a primary task, while a secondary screen to the side or above can serve as a window into information. You can simply glance up or over to see how everything looks, rather than taking several moments to tab over or open an analytics window to check.You can also use part of a second monitor for certain productivity apps. Pomodoro timers and similar task-management aids are great for this; you won’t necessarily be as startled by a sudden alarm when a timer starts counting down.Task prioritizationOne great benefit few people mention is the ability to prioritize tasks while using multiple monitors. It takes some self-discipline, but we all inherently choose one monitor, or even one position on a large monitor, as a primary location. Your current active task goes right in the middle, surrounded by additional windows necessary to perform that task, while the next item or two oin your to-do list takes up tertiary positions on other screens.Related: We Test It: The Portable LED MonitorSome people might find this distracting or feel they need to multitask on each visible project simultaneously. Personally, I find I can focus on one task while the next one percolates in the back of my mind. Once I finish the primary task, my subconscious has already formulated a few ideas for getting started on the next one.Jon Peddie Research has performed studies in 2002, 2012, and 2017 about the productivity increases involved with multiple monitor usage. It’s found that usage has steadily increased, and that productivity among multi-monitor users is on average 42 percent higher than single monitor users.AlternativesUsing more than one monitor isn’t necessarily required to gain the above benefits. There are an increasing number of ultra-wide monitors hitting the market. One ultra-wide monitor can be more useful than multiple standard monitors. For one thing, there’s no gap between them: You can spread out your windows however you like. They’re also often curved, for a more natural display and reduced stain on the neck and the eyes.One drawback to an ultra-wide monitor is that most programs and websites are not designed with a huge horizontal distance in mind. This leads to a lot of fiddling with window- and app-positioning, and resizing. As an alternative, to skip this, use virtual desktops. You can organize different virtualized desktops for different tasks, and switch between them quickly and easily.DrawbacksUsing multiple monitors isn’t for everyone. It’s not a perfect system, and there are some people today switching back to single screens. Admittedly, you do require a certain level of discipline to avoid distractions while using two or more screens. They can be a pain in the neck — literally — if they aren’t positioned properly. They do require an appropriate amount of space on a desk or in a cubicle; and getting a setup that’s comfortable is a matter of trial and error. There’s also an adjustment necessary if you frequently work with a laptop or tablet on the road, and dock it, or use a multi-screen setup in the office or at home.Related: Apple Is Reportedly Trying to Make its Own DisplaysEven so, I still highly recommend giving multiple screens a try. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 9, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read
How to Right-Click on a Chromebook How to Snap Windows in Chrome OS Chromebook Tips Next Tip »» Use Skype on a Chromebook ✖ How to Redeem Your 100GB of Free Space Next Tips »» Set Up Offline Gmail Change Wallpaper on a Chromebook Use Dropbox on Your Chromebook and Add it to File Manager How to Unlock Chromebooks Using a PIN Number How to Force Quit on a Chromebook Set Up Chrome Remote Desktop on Your Chromebook Keep Google From Spying on Your Kid’s Chromebook How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook Your Chromebook is great at many tasks, but it can’t run your favorite Mac or Windows apps. Fortunately, it’s easy to remotely access any Windows or Mac computer from your Chromebook and use all of its apps in a Window.To perform a remote session, each connected system needs to have the Chrome browser, and each browser must be signed into the same Google account. After that the set-up process is a cake walk. Simply install a plug-in in each machine’s Chrome browser, follow a few prompts, and you’ll be able to access your primary PC from your Chromebook, even if the Chrome browser is closed on the remote system.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-set-up-chrome-remote-desktop-on-your-chromebook?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Set up a Computer for Remote Access1. Open the Google Chrome browser on the PC or Mac you want to access remotely from your Chromebook.2. Open this page and click Add to Chrome.3. Click Add app.4. Open Chrome Remote Desktop from the apps view.5. Select the Google account you use on the Chromebook.6. Select Allow to confirm that you are granting the Chrome Remote Desktop app access to several settings and features.7. Select Continue in the dialogue box that explains you must grant extended permissions on this PC or Mac in order to access it remotely.8. Select “Get started” under My Computers.9. Click Enable remote connections.10. Click Accept and Install. PC users, if you do not see this window, feel free to skip to step 18.11. Open the downloaded file “chromeremotedesktop.dmg.”12. Open Chrome Remote Desktop Host.13. Click Install.14. Enter your password and click Install Software.15. Click Close.16. Click OK.17. Click OK.18. Enter your new PIN number twice and click OK. 19. Enter your system password and click OK.20. Click OK in the dialogue box that confirms remote access to your computer has been enabled.The PC/MAC you’re working on now appears in the My Computers section of the Chrome Remote Access desktop. You can change the name of the PC by clicking the Pencil icon to the right.Access a Remote Desktop from your Chromebook1. Launch the Chrome Remote Desktop app from your start menu. If the app is not installed, follow the steps above to install it.2. Select Allow Access to confirm that you are granting the Chrome Remote Desktop app access to several settings and features.Now systems connected to Remote Desktop app appear under My Computers.3. Select the system you want to access remotely.4. Enter the PIN you assigned to the computer to access it remotely and select Connect.The desktop of the remote computer appears on the screen.At the top left corner of the screen, you’ll find the name of the system you’re connected to and a menu button that opens a list of commands, including CTRL+ALT+DEL and performing screenshots.You can navigate the remote computer as you would were you in front of it. Note that the Chrome Remote Desktop app will playback audio from the remote computer on the local system. So if you want to listen to audio tracks or watch movies on the remote device and listen in on your Chromebook. You can also copy and paste text between the remote and local computers.Trying to figure out Google Cloud Print? Check out our walkthrough on how to print from a Chromebook. Change the Screen Resolution of a Chromebook How to Stream Google Play Music on Your Chromebook Chromebook Tips Set Up Google Print on Your Chromebook Set Up Chrome Remote Desktop on Your Chromebook How to Launch a Google Hangout on Your Chromebook How to Snap Windows in Chrome OS Take a Screenshot Reset Your Chromebook Turn on Caps Lock Turn Your Chromebook Desktop into an Art Gallery How to Force Quit on a Chromebook «« Previous Tip Keep Your Chromebook From Sleeping Turn Your Chromebook Desktop into an Art Gallery How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Your Chromebook App Launcher More Tips Change the Screen Resolution of a Chromebook Save Images On a Chromebook Install Linux on a Chromebook Turn Your Chromebook Desktop into an Art Gallery Edit Word Docs on a Chromebook by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Keep Your Chromebook From Sleeping
VLC 2.2.3 fixes Resume feature by Martin Brinkmann on May 03, 2016 in Music and Video – 27 commentsVideoLAN, makers of the popular media player VLC, have just released VLC 2.2.3 which can be best described as a bug fix release as it does not introduce new features to the client.When it comes to features that I like in video players, resume may not be at the top of my list but it is a nice to have feature that I expect media clients to support.While VLC Media Player did support resume for some time, the feature never worked properly whenever I tried it.That’s one of the reasons why I use other media players, SMPlayer to be precise. I was not the only VLC user who could not get resume to work and I even tried to install add-ons for the program that supposedly got the resume feature working but they too did not work properly or reliable.VLC Media Player 2.2.3All of this changes with the release of VLC 2.2.3. If you check out the changelog, you find “Fix resume where you left off” listed as a change.A quick test with video and audio files revealed that VideoLAN has fixed the issue indeed. VLC Media Player 2.2.3 displays “do you want to restart playback where left off” option as a small prompt in the player interface if the media file was played before in the player.A click on continue jumps to the last recorded position and starts playback from there. The prompt disappears after a couple of seconds automatically, but you can also click on the close icon to close it right away.If you have no use for the resume feature, you can disable it in the following way:Open VLC Media Player.Select Tools > Preferences or use the shortcut Ctrl-P.Under Interface, locate Continue Playback and uncheck the option.Click on Save.VLC won’t offer to start playback where it was stopped the last time the media file was played in the program.As far as other changes in VLC Media Player 2.2.3 are concerned, they fix issues as well but most of them under the hood.VLC 2.2.3 is not yet picked up by the program’s update check feature. You can download the latest version from this page currently as the main frontpage of the project does not list the new release yet as well.It is only a matter of time until the release is pushed to the frontpage and picked up by the update checker.SummaryArticle NameVLC 2.2.3 fixes Resume featureDescriptionVLC 2.2.3 is a bug fix release for the popular media player that fixes, among other issues, the player’s resume functionality.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement